REGENCY PROMENADE – 3rd Earl of Bathurst

         REGENCY PROMENADE featuring the 3rd Earl of Bathurst

                                            Presented by Nancy Mayer
Earl Bathurst
Earl Bathurst

 Henry Bathurst 3rd Earl Bathurst KG PC (22 May 1762 – 27 July 1834).

He is one who is seldom written about yet he held high offices in the government for most of his life. He was very much in public eye and notice as a member of Liverpool’s cabinet during the Regency. He was secretary of State for War and the Colonies for 15 years.

The first Lord Bathurst was created a baron in 1711. The males went into law, politics and the church. The 2nd Earl, was a judge of common pleas, then Lord High Chancellor (head of the court of Chancery and speaker of the House of Lords). He was also High Steward of England for the Duchess of Kingston’s bigamy trial.

Young Henry married Georgiana Lennox, sister to the duke of Richmond, who was given the titles and precedence of the daughter of a duke as their father had been a younger son. They had seven children.

Bathurst held many positions in Government in addition to the one’s listed below. He was commissioner for Affaires of India and a Teller of the Exchequer, as well as Joint Clerk of the Crown. His heir, Lord Apsley was MP for Circencesterr. A great uncle was Bishop of Norfolk and a cousin held high positions in the County Palatine of Lancester. Lady Bathurst was a patroness of Almack’s in 1816.

Master of the Mint 1804–1806
President of the Board of Trade 1807-1812
Master of the Mint 1807–1812
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies 1812–1827
Lord President of the Council 1828-1830

Bathurst has been described as being a political peer whose income came more from his government positions than from land holdings. They had a country seat in Cirencester, Apsley, and Sussex.

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  1. It was to Bathurst, as Secretary for War, that Wellington sent his famous Waterloo Dispatch after the defeat of Napoleon. The Hon. Lt. Henry Percy carried it to London in a purple velvet sachet which had been given to him by one of his dance partners at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball. By the time Percy got to London, Bathurst had left the War Office for the day. The young lieutenant finally tracked him down at the town house of the Earl of Harrowby, who was hosting a dinner at his home in Grosvenor Square that night for the members of the cabinet. People had seen Lt. Percy moving through the streets of London in his torn and stained uniform, and many followed him to Grosvenor Square. Thus, it was on the steps of No. 14 in the square that the Earl of Bathurst first informed the London crowd of Wellington’s great victory at Waterloo.

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